Shifting the Focus – Alesha Istvan and Tim Love

Society-NotLikeThat-01Shifting the Focus

This is a featured article from TAASA’s Spring 2016 Newsletter, authored by Alesha Istvan, Prevention Director at the Texas Council on Family Violence, and Tim Love, Prevention Program Director at TAASA

Victim-blaming enables more violence

Movements to end all forms of interpersonal violence have long struggled to combat norms and attitudes that either blatantly or subtly, blame victims for experiencing violence. These attitudes are as pervasive in our communities as they are harmful to survivors of violence and our society as a whole.

Two examples of these harmful attitudes include:

  • “If she didn’t provoke her partner …

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